Do you ever wonder what happened to someone you knew years ago?  Search Engines like Google, offer the possibility of finding a long lost friend or relative.  You can google the school bully from years past and find out if he is in prison or the most popular “jock” from high school to see if he ever made anything of himself. 

Recently, my daughter googled her father, who had been estranged for many years, and found his obituary.  She also learned she had a half brother she did not know existed.  They have been in contact getting to know each other since.

 It started me thinking of people I knew in the past, wondering how their lives turned out and what they were doing now, so I googled some of them.  It is harder to find old girlfriends as women tend to change their last names when they marry, and again when they remarry.  That is an outdated custom as people are often married more than once and it is just plain inconvenient to keep changing names.  Men are generally much easier to locate.

    Some of my friends were shocked that I would ever want to hear from or about an ex.  I have never understood how some people can hold on to anger and resentment for years. If I cared enough to  have a longtime friendship, a romantic relationship or to marry someone, then I will always care about them (some more than others) and wonder how they are. 

    My second husband from 1970 was easy to locate.  When I googled his name, I got lots of information, including email, phone number and street address. 

    He was glad to get my email and we have since been sharing memories of our time on Tenth and Peachtree Streets at the height of the hippie movement.  Without a doubt, that was the most interesting time of my life so far. 

    Either we were never real mad at each other or if we were, we have both forgotten. We have had some terrific strolls down memory lane talking about people and things I hadn’t thought about in over thirty years.

   Interestingly, he is, for the most part, the same kind and sensitive person he was in 1970.  He has dedicated his life to helping recovering addicts through Narcotics Anonymous.  He sponsors people during their recovery, speaks, writes and publishes books and has a worldwide network of friends he is in contact with regularly. I think he and I will be friends forever now.

   Is there someone in your life you wonder about?  Take a chance.  Google (free) the name or check out Classmates.com ($).  It can be fun and often enlightening.

Try it.  Google someone today.

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